java-package 0.26 uploaded

The latest version of java-package has been uploaded this evening. In addition to support for the latest security-updated Sun and Blackdown 1.4.2 JREs and JDKs, we have added a couple of features from the wishlist department:

  • The username and email inputs for make-jpkg are no longer required; they default to Debian Java Maintainers and the project’s email address.
  • Support for packaging Sun’s API Javadoc for 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5 JDKs (woohoo!), integrated with the Debian Documentation Menu for easy access.

Hope you like it. Just think, one day when the free runtimes for Java(TM) take over this will be packaging with a level of kitsch akin to vintage clothing. 8^)

Extended benefit from the Debconf5 videos

It would an understatement to say that I have enjoyed the Debconf5 videos; as a New Maintainer who had no chance of being able to attend, the videos have both informed me and helped me feel more connected to the Debian community. Who knew all these hackergotchis on Planet Debian had bodies attached to them?

I received an email from the New Maintainer Front Desk today stating that they could see no evidence of me having contributed to Debian recently, and therefore I would not be assigned an Application Manager. For the first 90 seconds after I read it, I could feel the heat in my face and how rapidly my heart had begun beating. But right away I remembered the video of Hannah Wallach, Dafydd Harries, and Moray Allan’s presentation on the New Maintainer Process. I remembered them saying how understaffed the process was and what a large workload existed. They also explained how sometimes you might need to provide more information during the process via email conversations. Since most of my work is in the Debian Java Packaging project, I am less visible as an individual. Almost immediately this otherwise upsetting message made sense. I provided a writeup of my activity with links and mailed it back, ego a bit bruised but not too shaken 8^).

So thanks once more to the video team and to all the presenters from Debconf; your labor has paid off long after the conference and I can personally say it has made a positive and encouraging impact in my life.

Surprise encounter with Mako and company

So it’ s been a 60-hour week on-site in Manhattan with the client, and I never got around to calling Mako to try and hook up. I had popped in at Vol de Nuit with a coworker and her friend to relax over a Belgian beer, when I noticed someone who looked familiar out of the corner of my eye as they walked past. It turned out to be Mako, hanging out with Miko, Micah, Biella, and Greg Pomerantz (apologies all around as this is a mixture of folks that I know either by name or IRC nick, and not always both). Clint was apparently there earlier, so my trend of being at the same place as Clint but missing him by less than an hour seems to continue. It was good to get to talk with some more Debian people in person; it’s always funny to learn who belongs to a particular nick. I had “hacim” pegged for a Persian guy. I complimented Miko on her haircut, only to learn that Mako was the stylist. That’ s right, in addition to developer, open source advocate, Debian and Ubuntu community builder, and renowned desktop wallpaper model, amateur stylist can now be added to his list of credits.

I am currently languishing in New York’s LaGuardia airport as the horrible subway delays this morning caused me to miss my original flight. Despite the insane work week and some hideous wireless connectivity and package upgrade issues, I managed to get pretty far on the next release of java-package; hoping to have it ready for upoad next week.

Male Geek Guide to Long Hair

There is no doubt in my mind that the Open Source crowd, and particularly the Linux subset, has one of the highest percentages of males with ponytails. Having had my hair long enough for a ponytail for a few months now, and having observed many a long-haired fellow Free/Open Source Software enthusiast, I have collected this handy set of guidelines for having long hair as a guy, tailored for the male geek audience:

  1. When it comes to shampoo, you get what you pay for.
  2. Conditioner is your friend; cultivate that relationship.
  3. Haircuts are still important; see guideline #1 for further direction.
  4. Sheer length is not the ultimate goal, no matter what your buddies say.
  5. Long hair does not imply maintenance-free hair, and often the opposite is true.